Maria Carnovale studies the dynamics that shape policy decision-making over controversial technology adoption and how to structure human rights protection in the era of pervasive technology. An economist by training, Maria received her PhD in Public Policy from Duke University. She teaches Economics of Sustainable Energy at Johns Hopkins SAIS (School of Advance International Studies) and directs the communication effort of the Institute for Technology and Global Health.
After receiving her PhD in Public Policy from the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy, Maria joined the Johns Hopkins School of Advance International Studies as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Her PhD and postdoctoral research studied market power in the platform economy, an economy dominated by large intermediaries. It shows how market power of large intermediaries alters the distributional effects of policies meant to protect vulnerable groups — like production workers. The genesis of this work was conceived during her internship at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and it combined her policy outlook with the economic thinking on the impact of technological innovation gained through the MS in Economics and Management of Innovation and Technology from Università Bocconi, in Milan, Italy.